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- The physical confine of a river or slough, consisting of a bed and banks.
The water coming out of the waterwheel created a a standing wave in the channel.
- The natural or man-made deeper course through a reef, bar, bay, or any shallow body of water.
A channel was dredged to allow ocean-going vessels to reach the city.
- The navigable part of a river.
We were careful to keep our boat in the channel.
- A narrow body of water between two land masses.
The English Channel lies between France and England.
- (electronics) A connection between initiating and terminating nodes of a circuit.
The guard-rail provided the channel between the downed wire and the tree.
- (communications) The part that connects a data source to a data sink.
A channel stretches between them.
- (communications) A path for conveying electrical or electromagnetic signals, usually distinguished from other parallel paths.
We are using one of the 24 channels.
- (communications) A single path provided by a transmission medium via physical separation, such as by multipair cable.
The channel is created by bonding the signals from these four pairs.
- (communications) A single path provided by a transmission via spectral or protocol separation, such as by frequency- or time-division multiplexing.
Their call is being carried on channel 6 of the T-1 line.
- (broadcasting) A specific radio frequency or band of frequencies, usually in conjunction with a predetermined letter, number, or codeword, and allocated by international agreement.
KNDD is the channel at 107.7 MHz in Seattle.
- (broadcasting) A specific radio frequency or band of frequencies used for transmitting television.
NBC is on channel 11 in San Jose.
- (storage) The portion of a storage medium, such as a track or a band, that is accessible to a given reading or writing station or head.
This chip in this disk drive is the channel device.
- (technic) The way in a turbine pump where the pressur is build up.
The liquid is pressurized in the lateral channel.
- To direct the flow of something
We will channel the traffic to the left with these cones.
- To assume the personality of another person, typically a historic figure, in a theatrical or paranormal presentation
When it is my turn to sing Karaoke, I am going to channel Ray Charles.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
n. [OE. chanel, canel, OF.
chanel, F. chenel, fr. L. canalis. See
Canal.] 1. The hollow bed where a
stream of water runs or may run.
2. The deeper part of a river, harbor,
strait, etc., where the main current flows, or which affords the
best and safest passage for vessels.
3. (Geog.) A strait, or narrow
sea, between two portions of lands; as, the British
4. That through which anything passes;
means of passing, conveying, or transmitting; as, the news was
conveyed to us by different channels.
The veins are converging channels.
At best, he is but a channel to convey to
the National assembly such matter as may import that body to
5. A gutter; a groove, as in a fluted
6. pl. [Cf. Chain wales.]
(Naut.) Flat ledges of heavy plank bolted edgewise to
the outside of a vessel, to increase the spread of the shrouds
and carry them clear of the bulwarks.
Channel bar, Channel iron
(Arch.), an iron bar or beam having a section
resembling a flat gutter or channel. -- Channel
bill (Zoöl.), a very large Australian
cuckoo (Scythrops Novæhollandiæ. --
Channel goose. (Zoöl.) See
Chan"nel, v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Channeled (?), or Channelled;
p. pr. & vb. n. Channeling, or
Channelling.] 1. To form a channel
in; to cut or wear a channel or channels in; to groove.
No more shall trenching war channel her
2. To course through or over, as in a
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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